“[I]t was the rise and growth among the slaves of a determination to be free and an active part of American democracy that forced American democracy continually to look into the depths. . . . One cannot think then of democracy in America or in the modern world without reference to the American Negro.”–W.E.B. Du […]
Here’s a question that I’ve wanted to ask since the last couple of conferences. Several papers in the “Personal is Political: Archaeological Studies of and in Activist Contexts” session at the last Society for Historical Archaeology meeting asserted that archaeologists working on the African Diaspora needed more (some) training in African and/or African-American studies. I […]
On this day (February 8th) in 1915, D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation premiered in Los Angeles. This silent film was America’s first feature-length motion picture and a box-office smash–lasting an unprecedented three hours. Released under the title, The Clansman (at least for the first few weeks) , the movie debuted only after Griffith sought […]
Sorry I have been silent the last few weeks….I’ve been at the annual conference of the Society for Historical Archaeologists (SHA) in Sacramento, California….a good time was had by all (or most, anyway). While at the conference I attended this year’s forum sponsored by the African Diaspora Archaeology Network…By the way, I REALLY like these […]
The Knoxville News Sentinel (and the Facing South blog) reported earlier this month that President Bush has pardoned two Tennesseans convicted decades ago of moonshine charges. The pardons, of course, will restore full U.S. citizenship to the men, including the rights to vote and buy a gun. My favorite line from this piece comes from […]
First lady Laura Bush was the campus of Howard University in late October, along with many others, to conduct a session of the White House Conference on Helping America’s Youth. Apparently neither she, nor the Howard University officials, expected a large protest to ensue…. “What started as a demonstration of 50 students standing around the […]
(CNN) — Rosa Parks, whose act of civil disobedience in 1955 inspired the modern civil rights movement, died Monday in Detroit, Michigan. She was 92.
Due to an unpleasant chain of events, the African-American Archaeology Listserv was deleted from Yahoo groups a few weekends ago. John McCarthy & I have reestablished the list, but unfortunately we cannot reestablish our membership (almost 300 members if I recall correctly) so easily. Former members can rejoin at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AAArch/ If you know of anybody […]